Mirza Waheed was born and brought up in Srinagar, Kashmir. He moved to Delhi when he was eighteen to study English literature at the University of Delhi and worked as journalist and editor in the city for four years. He came to London in 2001 to join the BBC’s Urdu Service. His debut novel The Collaborator was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Shakti Bhat Prize. It was also longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize.